In June 2011, Steve Jobs appeared in front of the Cupertino City Council to ask for approval for a spaceship-shaped campus for Apple Inc. Steve Jobs passed away four months later, but the management team at the company kept his dream alive by pushing for the new campus. Unfortunately the spaceship-shaped campus is over-budget and has been delayed according to a report by Bloomberg/BusinessWeek. Apple supposedly added $2-$3 billion over what was planned.
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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has the ability to intercept many forms of communication with ease, but their Achilles heel is Apple iMessage. The U.S. DEA cannot penetrate instant messages sent back-and-forth between Apple iMessage according to a D.E.A. intelligence note noticed by CNET. The note specifically mentions that they cannot intercept messages using traditional trap-and-trace devices, pen register devices, or wiretapping data collection using “Title III interceptions.”
Apple has been hit with a lawsuit that surrounds the name of their new generation of headphones called Earpods. Randolph Divisions and Hearpod Inc. filed a complaint against Apple over their trademark “Hearpods.” Randolph Divisions filed for the trademark name in February 2005 and used the name in their line of hearing aids.
According to a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Apple is planning to start production of a new generation iPhone that has a similar look and feel as the current iPhone 5. The WSJ cites sources that are familiar with the device’s production and it is expected that the device will launch this summer. Most likely the new device will be called the iPhone 5S.
FunnyOrDie.com is going to be releasing a movie about Steve Jobs called iSteve. The movie will be uploaded to FunnyOrDie.com April 15th. There was speculation that iSteve would be a parody film that pokes fun at biopic movies, but the trailer indicates otherwise.
In China, Apple has been dealing with criticism in regards to their warranty policy. Chinese customers complained that when U.S. customers encountered an issue with their Apple iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S under a warranty, the U.S. customer would receive a replacement handset. But the Chinese customers would receive replacement parts. This is why Apple CEO Tim Cook apologized for “any concerns or misunderstandings.” Cook posted the apology letter on Apple China’s website.
Market research company IDC has revealed that Microsoft’s Windows Phone powered devices have outsold the iPhone in seven and the BlackBerry in twenty-six different markets during Q4 2012. Microsoft Windows Phone outsold the iPhone in Argentina, India, Poland, South Africa, Russia, and the Ukraine. The seventh market includes several countries including Croatia and the “rest of central and eastern Europe.” These are markets where Nokia has been traditionally strong.
According to a report by the India Times, Apple plans on rapidly expanding the number of stores that will be opened in India over the next 2 years. The report says that Apple is going to triple the number of exclusive stores in India by 2015. The goal is to hit around 200 exclusive stores in India by that time. The India Times cited 3 Apple franchisee sources in India. Currently Apple has 17 franchisees that operate stores exclusively selling their products. These stores are known as Apple Premium Resellers.